February 21, 2019 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
December 6, 2012 Subject:
out of phase recording
This is a great show, but the recording is out of phase. Invert one of the channels to improve the sound 100% !
Everyone pushes to the limit in the second set with Ornette. And check out the aud now available. Sweet.
September 12, 2010 Subject:
Broken Arrow saved a sloppy show.
Clinton on the float puffin' away at a fatty. . .
June 1, 2010 Subject:
Generally agree with last reviewer
So yeah its really cool that Ornette Colman played with the Dead, that makes this show noteworthy enough.
Yet, still suffers from some sloppy musicianship, though better than most post-1991 Grateful Dead.
If this was healthy Jerry (supposedly treating himself better after 1992's health problems) then the magic really was dwindling.
The classic Marti Gras Drums>Iko is boring and plodding. Most of the time I like Iko, but this version seems like a going-through-the-motions rendition.
Corrina is poopy. Refer to the August 1993 Autzen show for a better example of this song. Other than that show, I can't think of one really impressive Corrina.
Lazy River Road>Playin' picks up with Jerry delivering a nice performance of the former. The Playin' is spacey and explorative, with Phil doing much of the lead work.
Drums is cool with the Didgeridoo, but I can't really heard Ornette till the space segment. He sounded like he needed a moment to gel to the Dead's sound. Perhaps inviting him on earlier than the spacey jam might have given a him better warm up to what he was in for. Being one of the leaders of free and fusion jazz, one could imagine the possibilities if Ornette had played just a few years earlier with the 80s lineup. Rant over!!!
It does pick up in The Other One with Ornette challenging Jerry to play harder, and it does get more interesting. Stella Blue is so-so. During Lovelight the energy really picks up. Usually a throw away tune (Bobby versions of course), this version is a hall stomper.
Noteable for the Ornette guest spot, the first performance of Broken Arrow (a nice performance at that), other than that, a better than average day in the decline of the Dead.
March 4, 2010 Subject:
Decent but nothing to write home about IMO. Good recording.
December 16, 2008 Subject:
The better source
A memorable evening.
This recording captures the adventure much better than the other. This sounds like a genuine DAT-SBD, where the other seems to have a cassette generation thrown in.
The Brokedown encore is of an inferior SBD source, not aud. Does not diminish the power of this show in the least. Jerry played Wolf all night, and the feeling in the air was as close to '74 as we'd ever get. Phil had that lead bass tone, loud and bouncy, and the guests during drums through the end of the show contributed to the overall intensity of the night.
The first set smokes from start to fin. Way to Go Home would have been a great song, had it always been in the first set. Johnny B. Goode is the best I ever heard, and it holds up. I don't know another version that comes close.
The second set starts slow, but the Playin' jam melts like a Dark Star, flushes right down the drain into Drums. Ornette plays like he's challenging the band, which leads to one insane Other One. Stella>Lovelight are performed to the top of their potential for the era, carefully crafted and drawn out.